Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Chris Maquardt and the iPhone 13 Pro

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1838

Chris joins Leo to talk about the new iPhone 13 Pro and how improvements in the camera have really changed photography with a mobile phone. The cinematic mode is particularly noteworthy for shooting video because you can pull or "rack" focus. That makes your videos look more like a cinematic movie.  Macro Mode is also a great new feature, allowing users to take pictures from up to 2CM away. The iPhone Pro also has a 3x telephoto lens. 

How Can I Organize Thousands of Photos?

Adobe Lightroom

Episode 1838

George from Santa Monica, CA

George's brother is a photographer and has to organize thousands of photos on a Mac and iPhone. How can he organize them? Leo says that George wants an app that will enable him to quickly review and "triage" the best images and then add metadata. Leo likes Adobe Lightroom because it allows you to grade each photo according to importance, quality, etc. What about duplicates? Leo says that you don't want to delete images that are similar but are not duplicates accidentally. That's where things get tricky. Leo likes the app Gemini 2 by MacPaw: it's the best de-dupe out there.

Should I Buy My Wife a New Phone or Camera?

Samsung S21

Episode 1836

Mike from On the Road, NC

Mike wants to get his wife a stand-alone camera. Is that better than the camera on her phone? Leo says that they can be, but modern smartphones are very good. The difference is that most camera apps make all the decisions. The mobile phone camera is an excellent tool if you want a simple way to snap a picture. And the camera on the Samsung S21 is as good as the camera on the iPhone 13. 

Chris Marquardt and Shooting the Color Black

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1834

Chris joins Leo to talk about using the color black in your photography.  How do you get a black subject, like a cat, to pop? Use contrast. Put it in a bright background like white. Or use "hairlighting," where you place a light above and it alights the edges. The iPhone has an exposure dial that enables you to adjust the exposure to shoot in the dark. So experiment with the manual settings.

Here are some examples -

Chris Marquardt and Street Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1828

Chris joins Leo to talk about street photography. Here's the link to the sample images discussed:

Our next photo assignment is - MESSY. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "MESSY" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "tgmessy" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

Why Can’t I Backup More Than One iPhotos Library?

Apple iPhoto

Episode 1828

David from Ithaca, NY

David wants to know why iCloud won't backup more than one iPhoto library. Leo says that iPhoto morphed into Apple Photos and will only backup the main library by design. What he recommends is to merge the libraries together by importing. Press the option key and hold on the library you want to open. Then go into file, and then import. From inside the apple photos folder, there's a data folder. R/C and select show package contents. That will open the original folder. Then, drag them into your master Photos folder.

Chris Marquardt and Practicing Abstract Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1826

Chris suggests practice to train your eye. Shoot 24 pictures and stop. Focus on abstract images. See where your eye leads. 

Our current photo assignment is - MESSY. Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "MESSY" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "tgmessy" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

Chris Marquardt and Volumetric Light

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1824

This week's photo topic from Chris Marquardt is shooting with volumetric light. Light can have volume to it, as it lights up a space, especially if the light crosses dust, mist, fog, or smoke. That's how sunbeams are shown. They give the light shape, volume, and color.  You'll also see fog being used at concerts at shows so that it can give light shape for more dramatic lighting schemes. Your lens can also give light its shape due to lens flare or reflections. Also called lens bloom. If you shoot in film, there's a specific film called Aura film that can cause it.